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DVD Review: 'Madso's War'

Jason Coleman Jason Coleman
September 23rd, 2011 9:26am EDT

Madso's War

Ready to check out more tales from the Boston hoods?  Grab your gun and take aim cause we’re checking out the new crime thriller "Madso’s War" out this week from MGM Home Entertainment.  The bullets land below!

 

Madso's War 

 

   Title: "Madso’s War"

   Grade: 1

   Cast: Matthew Marsden, David Patrick Kelly, Timothy V. Murphy

   Director: Rob Marcus

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 84 minutes

   Release Company: MGM

   Website: www.mgm.com  

 

 

 

The Flick: "Madso’s War" is a film with a tone of problems.  The story (Boston based hood go up against each other!) is uninteresting, the music way too obtrusively loud and the movie just looks and feels like it was shot by my 10-year-old. (Lot’s of cheesy slow motion with music video style editing!)  But the main and ultimately detrimental flaw of "Madso’s War" is the character of Madso himself.  As played by actor Matthew Marsden, the character has no relatable qualities, nothing for an audience to root for and Marsden has the screen presence here of a gnat.  Plus he looks even more unimpressive next to veteran actors like David Patrick Kelly – who is all but wasted here.  The only saving grace for this flick is the character of Kieran, Madso’s crazy Irish cousin played with dark gleeful relish by movie stealing Timothy Murphy.  But this war is more like two drunken girls fighting over a man on a Friday night – a joke.  

Best Feature: No features – should have gone right for a Murphy interview!

Best Hidden Gem: Murphy, Murphy, Murphy.  (Oh and did I happen to mention the performance by Tim Murphy?!)

Worth the Moola: This one is not even worth stepping over is you walk past it on the street – I’m sure Mr. Murphy has more stellar work he’d prefer you to check out!

Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of MGM Home Entertainment


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